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Press Release: English National Ballet - Swan Lake at the London Coliseum - Wednesday 7 - Sunday 18 January 2015

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Swan Lake

London Coliseum, WC2

Wednesday 7 - Sunday 18 January 2015

Performances: 7.30pm (mat 2.30pm)

Tickets: £14 - £79

Box office: www.ballet.org.uk or 020 7845 9300


·         Guest Artists Ivan Vasiliev, Alban Lendorf and Vitor Luiz  perform with the Company

·         Elena Glurdjidze’s farewell performance with English National Ballet


From Wednesday 7 - Sunday 18 JanuaryEnglish National Ballet return to the London Coliseum with Derek Deane’s critically acclaimed Swan Lake, following a UK tour.


Arguably one of the most popular ballets created, Swan Lake tells the story of Prince Siegfried’s love for the Swan Queen, Odette, their battle against the evil magician, Rothbart and an encounter with the manipulative Odile. This popular production brings the romance and high drama of the Russian ballet tradition alive, and features Tchaikovsky’s score played live by the Orchestra of English National Ballet.


This version of Swan Lake premiered at the London Coliseum in 2000 and has since been seen by over 550,000 people around the UK.


Continuing to work with the very best talent from around the world, Swan Lake will see Guest Artists, Ivan VasilievAlban Lendorf andVitor Luiz perform alongside Alina CojocaruTamara Rojo and Fernanda Oliveira respectively.


One of the most celebrated ballet dancers at the moment, Vasiliev has performed with some of the most prestigious companies around the world including American Ballet Theatre (Principal), Bolshoi Ballet and Mariinsky Ballet. Vasiliev took London audiences by storm when he last performed with English National Ballet in Roland Petit’s Le Jeune Homme et la Mort in 2011.


A Principal with The Royal Danish Ballet, Alban Lendorf has won numerous awards for his performances including the Benois de la Danse Award for his role of Armand Duval in Lady of the Camellias with The Royal Danish Ballet. ’One of the world’s most exceptional dancers’’ (The New York Times), Lendorf first performed as a Guest Artist with English National Ballet in Etudes in 2013 and recently as Franz in Ronald Hynd’s Coppélia in July 2014.


Currently a Principal at San Francisco Ballet, Vitor Luiz makes his debut with English National Ballet in Swan Lake. Trained at The Royal Ballet School, Luiz has previously performed with Birmingham Royal Ballet and Municipal Theater Ballet, Rio de Janeiro. In 2010 Luiz won the Isadora Duncan Dance Award for Best Ensemble Performance in Possokhov’s Classical Symphony.


Swan Lake also sees Lead Principal Elena Glurdjidze’s farewell performance with the Company. Glurdjidze has been with English National Ballet for 12 years; in her time she has performed lead roles in NutcrackerSwan LakeGiselle and Manon to name a few. She was nominated for Best Female Dancer in the Critics’ Circle Awards in 2009 and won the Ballet.co.uk Audience Poll for Best Female Dancer in 2007 and 2008.


Of leaving English National Ballet, Elena Glurdjidze says; “I have spent 12 years of my professional career with English National Ballet and would like to express my immense gratitude to all of the staff, from the artists, directors, to the technical, orchestra and administrative staff. They have been great and it has been an honour and a pleasure working with them.


For anyone in the dance profession the audience is what drives us, judges us and makes us happy. English National Ballet’s fans have been amazing and I’d like to say a special thanks to them.


I’m leaving English National Ballet with a feeling of pride of what has been achieved and hope to stay in touch with everyone and continue to serve the arts.”


Artistic Director of English National Ballet, Tamara Rojo says“Elena is a wonderful dancer and her loyalty to English National Ballet has been greatly appreciated. I wish her the very best for the future.”



Principal Casting in detail

Casting is subject to change. Please see www.ballet.org.uk for more details.


Swan Lake (in the order of Odette/Odile and Prince Siegfried)


London Coliseum

Wednesday 7 - Sunday 18 January 2015

020 7845 9300 or www.ballet.org.uk

Wednesday 7 January - Alina Cojocaru and Ivan Vasiliev

Thursday 8 January (mat) – TBC and Junor Souza

Thursday 8 January (eve) – Tamara Rojo and Alban Lendorf

Friday 9 January - Fernanda Oliveira and Vitor Luiz

Saturday 10 January (mat) - Erina Takahashi and TBC

Saturday 10 January (eve) - Laurretta Sumerscales & Alejandro Virelles

Sunday 11 January (mat) - Alina Cojocaru and Ivan Vasiliev


Tuesday 13 January - Alina Cojocaru and Ivan Vasiliev

Wednesday 14 January – Tamara Rojo and Alban Lendorf

Thursday 15 January (mat) - Laurretta Sumerscales & Alejandro Virelles

Thursday 15 January (eve) - Erina Takahashi and TBC

Friday 16 January - Alina Cojocaru and Ivan Vasiliev

Saturday 17 January (mat) - Fernanda Oliveira and Vitor Luiz

Saturday 17 January (eve) – Tamara Rojo and Alban Lendorf

Sunday 18 January (mat) - Elena Glurdjidze and Arionel Vargas


For further information, interview requests and images please contact Robert James, PR Manager at robert.james@ballet.org.uk or call 020 7590 2933.


For further information about English National Ballet and to book tickets visit www.ballet.org.uk. Please note performance details are subject to change.




Notes to Editors



Elena Glurdjidze’s farewell performance is on Sunday 18 January 2015 at 2.30pm 


Swan Lake tour dates


Palace Theatre, Manchester

Wednesday 8 - Saturday 11 October 2014

0844 871 3019



Milton Keynes Theatre

Tuesday 11 - Saturday 15 November 2014

0844 871 7652



Liverpool Empire

Tuesday 18 - Saturday 22 November 2014

0844 871 3017



London Coliseum

Wednesday 7 - Sunday 18 January 2015

020 7845 9300



Swan Lake opens on 8 Oct 2014 until 18 Jan 2015 on tour. Coppélia opens on 15 Oct until 8 Nov 2014 on tour. Nutcracker opens 11 Dec 2014 until 4 Jan 2015 at the London Coliseum. For details about these, casting, our forthcoming season and to book tickets visitwww.ballet.org.uk. You can also follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/enballet or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/EnglishNationalBallet and YouTube at www.youtube.com/enballet


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